Rapid Access Palliative Radiation Therapy

Supporting patients with rapid access to radiation therapy treatment

Icon is proud to offer rapid access to radiation therapy for palliative patients at a time when quality of life and controlling symptoms caused by cancer is really important.

How can radiation therapy help people with cancer?

Radiation therapy is a treatment option for cancer that uses highly-targeted radiation to destroy cancer cells, reduce the growth or spread of cancer and relieve symptoms. This can help improve your quality of life by controlling symptoms associated with your cancer and reducing your pain levels.

What does the treatment involve?

Icon’s highly experienced radiation oncologists and care team are committed to ensuring patients receive the latest in radiation therapy so they can live as comfortably as possible. We proudly use the most cutting-edge radiation therapy techniques and technology to deliver high doses of radiation to tumours with pin-point accuracy. This allows us to accurately treat all cancer types, sizes and locations.

Following initial consultation with an Icon radiation oncologist, you may be scheduled to attend for one radiation therapy session or up to 10. We guarantee a consultation with a radiation oncologist quickly to ensure you receive prompt access to treatment.

Our team will also provide feedback on the treatment you have received to your referring doctor.

What are the costs?

We are committed to providing our patients with exceptional and affordable care. We will work with you to ensure you’re aware of any out-of-pocket expenses and there are no surprises throughout your treatment.

The financial impact of this treatment is reduced because:

  • Radiation therapy is covered by Medicare
  • Up to 80-90% of the fee is covered
  • Greater Medicare rebate if patients have reached their annual safety net
  • Online Medicare claiming available at time of payment
  • No private health insurance required

How do I access this treatment?

Please speak with your doctor or treatment facility about a referral for this service. Once we receive your referral, we will be in contact with your referring doctor or treatment facility to arrange your appointment.

If a location near you is not listed, please speak with your doctor about accessing palliative radiation therapy services at your nearest Icon Cancer Centre.

What other support services are available?

We understand living with cancer can be a distressing time for patients and their loved ones. To ensure you have access to the support services you need, we work collaboratively with specialists and general practitioners across Queensland to connect you with local support groups and allied health professionals to ensure continual care beyond your radiation treatment.

Other support services you may like to consider include:

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